7 days in Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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7 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Lihue, Kauai
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Sacramento

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Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lihue driving holiday site .

Sacramento to Lihue is an approximately 9-hour combination of train, subway, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Sacramento in December, expect Lihue to be much hotter, temps between 79°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Poipu
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

1
night
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
On the 23rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Honl Beach, then stroll through Kahaluu Beach, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kahaluu Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach
Honl's Beach ©
Honl's Beach

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night
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, and then don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. December in Lahaina sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Maui Ocean Center
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Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

4
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Family-friendly places like Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Kailua Beach Park in Kailua (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind USS Arizona Memorial, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Honolulu trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In December in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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